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Anorexia & supermodels

Tyra Banks said in the rerun of ANTM Cycle 4, “I would love to be the one to change the fashion modeling industry now. But I can’t. You are thin but the industry is strict.” Or something like that. She meant to make it in the fashion world, you still have to be thinner than normal people’s thin.

Luisel Ramos
Wikipedia – Luisel_Ramos

The 1st model who died from anorexia was Luisel Ramos, reported to have adopted a diet of lettuce leaves and Diet Coke for the three months before her death.

The Age – Survival of the thinnest

Daily Mail – This is the model who sparked size zero debate

Daily Mail – The scandal of our starving models

Then, another thin model died – Ana Carolina Reston, a Brazilian model who was more famous than Luisa, weighted at 40 kilograms (88 lbs.), measured 1.72 m (5 feet 7 inches) and had been hospitalized since October 25 for kidney malfunction due to anorexia nervosa and bulimia, which included a diet consisting only of apples and tomatoes.

The Observer – ‘Everyone knew she was ill. The other girls, the model agencies … don’t believe it when they say they didn’t’

New AIDS Review – Mind over matter – unto death?

Models Blog – Brazilian fashion model dies of anorexia!!!

Soon, major fashion houses in Madrid and Brazil suggested and implemented rules and guidelines for models on catwalk. Some fashion critics dismissed the hoo haa, claiming, “Where? Madrid?” as Madrid isn’t known as the big 5 cities in fashion- London, New York, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. However, almost everyone who read about this would blog about it, including yours truly.

Fashion models & celebrities have always been blamed by the society – parents, teachers, media, politicians, even other fashion models themselves – for encouraging anorexia and bulimia. Looking good sells. Clothes do look better on slim models than fat models, unless the model has hour-glass figure. But it really depends on the cutting and personality.

Let’s face it – fashion magazines edit ‘flaws’ from their photos to the effect that most pictures appeared to be air-brushed. And some figures are slimmed down, like Kate Winslet in a GQ cover back in 2003. Heh, even GQ’s editor admitted they edited pictures of her, as well as other personalities who appeared in GQ.

BBC – Magazine admits airbrushing Winslet

Media Awareness Network – Real Beauty in Magazines

CBS News – Extremely Perfect – Stars Reveal They Are Far From Perfect

Greg’s Digital Archive – View touchups (rollover your mouse)

There are studies which showed that males prefer females with 0.7 waist/hip ratio because it looks more attractive (and sexy?). So really, a lot of women have issues with their belly. It doesn’t matter if you have small boobs, if you have a small waist, you’ll still look great.

Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa are different. Both are eating disorder. More females are affected than males but males are catching up as males place more importance on looking good than before. Even Karl Lagerfeld trimmed his body and designed slim-cut suits than regular cut suits.

Anorexia is the inability or refusal to maintain one’s body weight through starvation, pills, purging and/or increased activity (like going to the gym everyday for more hours than needed). Very few food in, lots of food out.

Bulimia includes binge eating and then purging (vomit or shit) to remove the just eaten food. Usually done in private. Lots of food in, lots of food out too.

American Psychological Association – Is anorexia nervosa genetic?

Gisele Bunchen, the Supermodel from Brazil defended the fashion industry:

“I never suffered from this problem (anorexia) because I had a very strong family base. Parents are responsible, not the fashion industry,” she said in the Friday edition of O Globo newspaper.

“In fashion I felt accepted,” she said. “I never felt lonely because I always relied on my family.”

Last October, famed Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld denied that anorexia is a problem among models.

“We don’t see anorexic (girls),” he told Reuters. “The girls are skinny. They have skinny bones.”

US Magazine – Gisele Blames Families, Wrong Genes for Anorexia

What she said was true too. If you have really strong base in your ability, confidence and health, you wouldn’t make yourself sick to get jobs and be popular.

What Karl said was funny. I have small bones, extremely small for my arms and when I’m thin, my arms look thinner, like under developed adult.

Tyra, one of the most famous black models was toned and slim during her heyday. Yet, if you see her last catwalk for Victoria’s Secret, you’ll notice that she’s among the biggest model there.

Victoria's Secret 2005 - Izabel Goulart, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio
Nicky Santoro – 10th Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (part II)

Izabel Goulart, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio

It’s not because she’s fat but other younger models are thinner and less voluptous. She gained weight in a recent holiday and her pictures were splattered all over gossip celebrities magazines – giving a new topic in her The Tyra Banks Show.

Sky Showbiz – Tyra’s weight gain

People – COVER STORY: Tyra Banks Speaks Out About Her Weight

Who likes to be called fat? It’s degrading. And who likes to be called a waif like Kate Moss, who started the waif wave? There are people who want to gain weight and meat but just couldn’t no matter how much they eat.

Do you have a healthy body image? How tough is your self-love and confidence?

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HOPE worldwide Malaysia

As I was walking back and forth between Sg Wang, Berjaya Times Square and then to Star Hill, someone holding a box for donation stopped me.I got the brochure from him after seeing that they had several brochures spreaded on the table.

HOPE worldwide Malaysia
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CNY desserts

Hot damn! Aghhh!

Mom asked me for the 2nd time, “Do you want me to buy any biscuit for CNY?”

No self-respecting human celebrating Chinese New Year wouldn’t buy biscuits, desserts, cakes, traditional kuih-muih.

In my family, there must be a chicken for the 1st day, another for 2nd CNY. Not to mention other dishes. Every year it’s the same dish for the same celebration. Ugh. Chicken. Mushrooms, those big ones from China. Sang choy. Pork. Prawns. Strips of spicy vegetarian food. More chicken.

All these are just a big waste and appetite-challenging because we can’t even finish 1 chicken in a day. Which means we have to recook the poor chicken for days. And we have to eat the 2nd chicken too. Before long, it would be 15th and there would be another chicken. I don’t want to be reborn as a chicken for slaughter.

Can’t my parents see it’s wasteful? If the Gods are so powerful and they’ve maintained peace/nirvana, why do they need our gifts? They don’t have to eat anyway! If you reason that we must offer something to say thanks or get something, then how about a simple prayer to thank the Gods? Surely the Gods do not need us to provide a lavish breakfast/lunch/dinner for every festival.

I think my family’s following the tradition blindly. *shrug* Their choice. I’m not going to help out.

“No lar, everyone has food at their own home anyway,” I said.

“I have to buy some. Maybe a tin or two for guests. But not many because if we put outside, your grandmother is going to finish them and it would be bad for her health.”

“Keep in your room lar.”

“Keep in my room for what? I also don’t eat.”

“Just to hide the stuff.”


These are from MSN: Lifestyle: Women: Chocolate Desserts

(hey! I take offense to that! Men do cooking too)

Chocolate-Nut Phyllo Cups

Chocolate-Nut Phyllo Cups (View Recipe)

So bad.

Irish Chocolate Ice Cream

Irish Chocolate Ice Cream (View Recipe)

So bad.

Chocolate-Peanut Mousse Pie

Chocolate-Peanut Mousse Pie (View Recipe)

So fatting. So bad.

So bad. Looks soooo scrumptious aaahhh.. So bad! I’m getting hungry!

This is why I don’t read dessert blogs :9

But if you have prepared it and need a willing guinea pig, I’m VERY willing! :D


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